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It’s no surprise to hear that defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is generating a lot of interest on the open market. Josina Anderson, from ESPN.com, is reporting the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears are showing “serious” interest in the veteran defensive tackle.
This news may be disappointing to Broncos fans, but the team may not be able to afford the price Knighton is likely to get on the open market.
With Ndamukong Suh reportedly going to the Miami Dolphins with a contract that pays him $60 million guaranteed, Knighton is arguably the best defensive tackle remaining in free agency. He is unlikely to sign a deal at Suh’s price, but his next contract could be quite steep after two standout seasons with the Broncos.
Going to the Raiders makes a ton of sense, as he would stay with Jack Del Rio. The new head coach of the Raiders was in the same position when the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Knighton in the 2009 NFL draft. After getting benched in Jacksonville, Knighton followed Del Rio to Denver and had a career resurgence.
Staying with Del Rio might be the way Knighton leans in free agency, although he has expressed a desire to remain with the Broncos.

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